I find the above interesting, espeically in light of Schwarzenegger's refusal to debate Davis, and Davis' inability to participate in the debate process. Basically, Arnie is using Davis as a punching bag, knowng that Davis has little or no public forum in the recall debate, rather than attack his opponents. It's a straw-man tactic -- distract the voters from the real issue with Arnie, which is, to wit, is he more capable than any other contender for Governor. The answer is no, simply put, because he's not shown anything that is even remotely like leadership capabilites in the past, and certianly hasn't taken any stances in the present.
Funny enough, during the recent Democratic debates, we've seen a little of this and Bush; each one takes a few moments to affirm that he or she is the person who hates Bush more than the rest. Fortunately, they're not a one-note song; they go on to differentiate themselves from their opponents, and to come up with interesting thoughts and ideas on their own.
But it's shocking that people can see the facts, but ignore them completely: Arnold has few if any qualifications for running a state. Unless a miracle occurs, he's not going to become one overnight, either.
Best I can say about this is, read between the lines -- but also read what's in front of you. Both enlighten.
"This is clearly an act of domestic terrorism in our city," said Police Chief Bill Lansdowne. The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms joined the investigation.
And this is where it starts... remember everyone getting all upset because suddenly it became OK to monitor anyone as long as they became a "terrorist"? If you have the ability to label anyone who commits a crime as a terrorist, you get free reign to monitor, prosecute, and treat anyone you want as a terrorist -- and thus, strip the rights away from anyone you want to.
These guys aren't terrorists. They're criminals, plain and simple.
Yes folks, this is just the first sign. Watch out for plagues, locusts, frogs, and telemarketers falling from the sky.
Seriously, I just loved the title.
He's a religous leader, he's a self-help guru, he's a mellow guy, he's the Dalai Lama!
Ok, seriously -- I've of mixed feelings on this. I saw the Dalai Lama speak when I was in college, around '92, maybe '93. He's an excellent speaker, and has much that is interesting to say -- and not a few worthwhile things to listen to. Buddhism has interesting things going for it, not the least of which is it's strict adherence to non-violence. It's a very amazing and interesting religion in many ways.
But I also grew up seeing those wonderful people, Jim and Tammy Fay, along with Oral Roberts, and a few others. Religious leaders aren't pop stars. Kind of voids the stance of being meek and humble when you're wearing $500 suits and shouting out that the Lord speaks directly to you.
It's dangerous ground, especially when you've got something important to say (and, in my opinion, worth listening to.)
A really nice list of what wonderfulness Bush has done over the last few years, along with scores. A bit biased, but definitely thorough and documented.
Interesting news on the overtime front; seems that the senate voted to block some changes to overtime rules, which, if I'm thinking of the same bill, was to change the rules on who was exempt and who was not exempt. One item of note:
The voting was largely along party lines, although six Republicans voted to block the Labor Department from proceeding and one Democrat, Sen. Zell Miller ... of Georgia, sided with the administration.
Zell Miller is not a Democrat; trust me on this. His voting record reads more like a love letter to the administration than anything helpful to anyone who's actually not a business person. Check out his voting record using Project Vote Smart, an excellent resource to find out facts about any politician.
OK, I still haven't figured out: what law has he broken? Live cargo shipping laws? That's about the only one I can think of.
Nice. Now the government is assigning us statuses. Isn't this prior restraint -- namely, saying that since we *could* do something illegal, we're being restricted or forbidden from certian actions and rights? What's the criteria for getting on certian lists? What's the criteria for getting off? Who decides if I'm dangerous?
Watch yourself, people. We're living in some dangerous times, especially if you disagree with the government.
Well, I haven't exactly been talkative on this site much in the last couple of weeks. My apologies; I've been really busy taking care of something else... building another web site and putting out a mini-comic.
Soapbox is my comic strip, and I'm re-starting it again, three days a week. I'm also selling my book on there, so hop on over there for more information.
I'm also going to be at Small Press Expo this weekend with my new book out, seen to your left. if you're interested in a copy, write me. I'm going to get some way of ordering it online -- but for now, the only way to get it, is either by mail or seeing me at this expo! My booth is M6B, map is located here.